Malaysian police arrests over 22,000 person for illegal gambling

Mohamad Fuzi also said police had seised 25,267 mobile phones, tablets, simulators and computers used in illegal gambling this year...
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  • MGM Springfield Underage Gambling Problems Dampen Massachusetts Casino’s Initial High Turnout, COO Blames ‘Porous’ Design

    MGM Springfield is surpassing early expectations in terms of the number of people visiting Massachusetts’ first casino resort. But MGM casino executives admit that they’ve had issues with minors finding their way onto the gaming floor, which is not exactly the most comforting news to area residents. MGM Springfield president...
  • Saigon online betting ringleader gets nine years in prison

    Four members of a Saigon-based $26 million illegal online sports betting ring will spend 7-9 years in jail. A court in Ho Chi Minh City has sentenced 55-year-old La Tung Thinh, identified as the ringleader, to nine years in prison. Three of his accomplices, aged between 28 and 55,...
  • William Hill could close up to 900 betting shops after FOBT clampdown

    William Hill blamed the government’s clampdown on fixed-odds  terminals (FOBTs) as it warned that up to 900 betting shops could close, putting 4,500 jobs at risk. The bookmaker reported a loss of £820m in the first six months of the year, as the decision to slash maximum stakes on FOBTs from £100...
  • It’s incredibly widespread’: why eSports has a match-fixing problem

    In 2017, the global eSports economy was estimated to stand at around $696m, attracting an audience of over 385 million people, according to Newzoo. But the industry’s formidable growth has attracted more than just hordes of professional gamers, avid viewers and brands offering lucrative sponsorship deals. Organised criminals and low-level chancers...
  • Casino owners donated to IEA after thinktank’s pro-gambling report

    The casino industry donated thousands of pounds to the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) after the thinktank published a report on gambling policy that called for restrictions on the number of casinos to be lifted. The National Casino Industry Forum (NCIF) confirmed it donated £8,000 to the IEA having...
  • Macau authorities to care for 600 greyhounds after notorious track closes

    Authorities in Macau, the world’s largest gambling hub, will care for more than 600 greyhounds after their owner renounced them ahead of the closure of China’s only dog-racing track on Saturday. The move is likely to save former Australian racing dogs, which were exported to Macau in huge numbers and...
  • Paddy Power Betfair in talks to buy FanDuel after US sports betting ruling

    Paddy Power Betfair has made the first move in an expected wave of takeover activity prompted by the legalisation of sports betting in the US, as it launched a bid for fantasy sports league company FanDuel. Shares in UK gambling companies soared earlier this week as investors responded to the US supreme...
  • Bookies are struggling – but they’ve got a dead cert coming up, honest

    In the moaning and whingeing stakes, bookmakers are the thoroughbreds. The government expects us to pay too much tax! Horseracing is always asking for too much money! Sporting results have gone against us! These are familiar refrains that usually provoke cheers rather sympathy. So, last week, one of the...
  • Belgium is right to class video game loot boxes as child gambling

    Yesterday, the Belgian minister of justice, Koen Geens, announced the result of an investigation that the country’s Gaming Commission conducted into video game “loot boxes”, a mechanic that lets players pay real money for a chance at winning virtual items. It found that three popular games – Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive...
  • National lottery profits surge as good causes garner less – MPs report

    The government’s Gambling Commission should pressure Camelot to change the way it runs the national lottery to ensure more money goes to good causes amid rising profits for the company, a cross-party committee of MPs has said. The current lottery licence, which runs until 2023, is overly long and too inflexible,...
  • Lottoland deal with newsagents ‘the last thing’ Australia needs, Tim Costello says

    A Gibraltar-based company that allows Australians to bet on overseas lottery results should “simply take their bat and ball and go home”, the anti-gambling advocate Tim Costello has said. Lottoland, which runs synthetic lotteries allowing punters to place wagers on the outcome of overseas results, is seeking to expand...
  • ‘A vicious circle I couldn’t break’: the software helping tackle online betting

    “Iself-excluded from the major online casinos but there was always a new company I could open with and some of them don’t make it easy to self-exclude,” says Michael, a bricklayer from Glasgow, who started betting on football and greyhounds when he was 15, before developing a serious gambling...
  • Final Hurdle Cleared For Ladbrokes Coral GVC Deal

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has given the green light to the Ladbrokes Coral GVC deal after the competitions watchdog said “the deal does not give rise to competition concerns”. It added that they are not close rivals and there are many other providers of betting and gaming...
  • Lessons about risks of gambling piloted in British schools

    Thinktank trials scheme to teach children about problems that can ‘wreak havoc on people’s lives’ Lessons about the risks of gambling have been trialled in secondary schools in an attempt to address high levels of gambling among school-age children. Around 25,000 children in the UK are currently classed as problem gamblers, with one...
  • Ladbrokes Coral could lose 1,600 jobs after Foxy Bingo takeover

    The takeover of Ladbrokes Coral by GVC, the Isle of Man-based firm behind Foxy Bingo, could trigger up to 1,600 job losses, the companies said, as they published fresh details of a deal worth up to £3.9bn. Online casino company GVC and bookmaker Ladbrokes said up to 6% of their combined 26,800 workforce...
  • Italy sets online casino revenue record; PokerStars’ grip slips

    Italy’s regulated online gambling market started 2018 off on the right foot, posting double-digit sports betting gains and setting a new online casino record. Figures compiled by Italian gaming news agency Agimeg show total land-based and online sports betting revenue of €150.5m in January, up 15.5% year-on-year. However, the online portion...
  • Week in Review 2018 – 04.02 – 10.02

    Week in Review … 04.02 – U.S. jobs report; Exxon earnings; Casino panic Casino check: Macau casino stocks tumbled after Bloomberg reported that China could soon allow some forms of gambling in the southern province of Hainan. That might draw gamblers away from Macau, which is currently the only...
  • National Lottery: on some scratchcards it’s impossible to win top prizes

    The National Lottery’s blue “Millionaire 7s” scratchcard game, which costs £5 a go, boasts of “six top prizes of £1m”. But if you go and buy one today, the shopkeeper probably won’t tell you that all six £1m jackpots have already been snapped up. Meanwhile, the Camelot-owned lottery’s £250,000...
  • Scratchcards: harmless flutter or costly addiction?

    The Co-op is taking on the National Lottery with the launch of its own scratchcards, which will give as much as four times to good causes. The member-owned business says a minimum of 20% from the sale of each of its own-brand cards will go to “local good causes”....
  • Ladbrokes Coral could lose 1,600 jobs after Foxy Bingo takeover

    The takeover of Ladbrokes Coral by GVC, the Isle of Man-based firm behind Foxy Bingo, could trigger up to 1,600 job losses, the companies said, as they published fresh details of a deal worth up to £3.9bn. Online casino company GVC and bookmaker Ladbrokes said up to 6% of their combined 26,800 workforce...
  • Cabinet reshuffle could threaten gambling curbs, say campaigners

    Anti-gambling campaigners have voiced fears that new culture secretary, Matt Hancock, will shy away from strict curbs on fixed-odds betting terminals, as it emerged the machines are taking more revenue than ever from British punters. Anti-FOBT campaigners warned that Hancock, who replaced Karen Bradley in this week’s cabinet reshuffle by Theresa May,...
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